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Sustainable Management of Food

Webinar: Food Waste to Energy through Anaerobic Digestion

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In this session, we will learn about:

  • The basics of anaerobically digesting food waste
  • Overview of San Francisco’s source separated residential and commercial food scraps collection program; demonstration digestion of food scraps by local wastewater treatment plant; and future food scrap digestion options being considered for achieving City’s Zero Waste Goal.
  • The City of West Lafayette's program to accept food and fats, oil, and grease (FOG) at their wastewater treatment plant and their partnership with Purdue University.
  • The installation and operation of the first dry anaerobic digestion system in the Americas at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Learn about what feedstocks are accepted and lessons learned from its first year of operation.

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Laura Moreno is an environmental scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency's Pacific Southwest Region. She works in the Office of Pollution Prevention and Solid Waste and focuses on food waste, the single most landfilled material in the United States.

Jack Macy is the Commercial Zero Waste Coordinator at the City and County of San Francisco's Department of the Environment. Mr. Macy has 25 years experience in developing and implementing composting, recycling and waste management policy and programs at the U.S. state and local level on the east and west coasts. Prior to this position, Mr. Macy was the City’s Organics Recycling Coordinator where he helped initiate, develop and implement the US's first large-scale urban commercial and residential food composting program. Mr. Macy is the city staff lead in the evaluation and development of new processing technologies, including anaerobic digestion, to move the city toward zero waste.

David Henderson is currently Utility Director for the City of West Lafayette. He manages a 9 MGD wastewater treatment plant with a staff of 21. He also served as Utility Manager for the City of Warsaw from 2003-2008. Previous to his position in Warsaw, Henderson worked for the City of West Lafayette in a variety of positions including laboratory technician, instrumentation technician, and operations supervisor over a period of almost 11 years. Henderson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from Purdue University.

Gregory Kleinheinz has a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Northern Michigan University, a Ph.D. in Environmental Microbiology from Michigan Tech University and has over 15 years of experience working on industrial microbiological issues. Dr. Kleinheinz is a Professor of Environmental and Industrial Microbiology at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. His research group conducts over $1 million of research annually on a variety of microbiological issues. The group conducts basic research as well as applied research at lab, pilot and full-scale at a variety of sites through the U.S.


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